By Vikki Petraitis
When 23-year-old Beth Barnard was once chanced on brutally murdered in a farmhouse in Phillip Island in 1986, her homicide sparked an research that has haunted locals ever on account that. Her throat was once lower, and he or she had a tremendous letter A carved into her chest. at the similar evening that Beth died, one other neighborhood lady, Vivienne Cameron, vanished off the face of the earth. A police research published that Beth were having an affair with Vivienne's husband. What fairly occurred that evening is still certainly one of Victoria's such a lot baffling homicide mysteries.
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And, he mowed them again on Monday and I get home and yelled at him and he got really pissed off and, so anyway he just took off and comes back Monday night and I thought "oh beauty, I've got rid of him now". And he came back Monday night and got mad at me and, fair dinkum, I just feel like telling him where to go now, and then he came to work at Cameron's on Tuesday 'cause we were lamb marking, and all day I was in a real shit and I kept trying to find other jobs to do and he just comes and takes over my jobs and tells me what to do.
Her friends say she wasn't. One friend claims that in the days before she disappeared, Vivienne had spoken to her about leaving Fergus and taking her two sons to Melbourne. Friends also described her dedication to her children. They maintain that she never would have left them. Vivienne had also said that if it hadn't been Beth, it would have been someone else. Would a woman direct murderous rage against the 'other woman' rather than a husband? If so, it was the only case on record in Victorian criminal history where this had happened.
Interestingly, one of the parts of the nightie that wasn't stained was directly underneath the right side of the letter A. This suggested that the carving may have been a post-mortem addition made after her heart was no longer pumping blood. What Gamble was interested in, were the circular smears of dried blood on Beth's legs. Did the killer rub his or her hands over the body as she bled? Another interesting fact was the damage to Beth's face. She had been stabbed in the chin, and her upper lip; and one of her front teeth had been dislodged in the attack.